Natural stone flooring in winter climates

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The Midwest region is no stranger to freezing temperatures, fleet or snow, ice and salt that comes in during these chilly months. A residential or commercial space might be apprehensive about installing natural stone flooring options due to natural stone possibly being slippery or not being as durable as man-made flooring options.

Do not let this be the contributing factors of not installing natural stone flooring into an interior space because these are the benefits and how to prepare your natural stone in the chilly winter months. 

Benefits 

Natural stone is one of the easiest decisions to make when it comes to flooring options for commercial or residential spaces. This is due to the durability and lifespan. Natural stone flooring is a long-lasting product compared to man-made products that can start to deteriorate after a few years of winter weather. 

Not only is this stone durable, but it is one of the easiest flooring options when it comes to maintenance. This flooring option is low maintenance and hygienic, it can easily be wiped down with a dry cloth swiffer! This flooring option does not collect dander, dust, pet hair and other common particles. 

Oftentimes, residential spaces believe that natural stone will be a cold option on their toes during the winter months; however, this could not be farther from the truth. Before natural stone is installed as a flooring option, radiant heat solutions can be added underneath the flooring to provide warm toes all winter long! 

Natural stone flooring options can be installed inside and outside of a residential or commercial space which can help to increase home or commercial value! Natural stone provides an elegant and unique appearance in all spaces it is installed.

Once the natural stone flooring is installed in a residential or commercial space, it is important to properly maintain the floors! 

Maintenance of natural stone flooring

The first thing that all commercial and residential spaces should understand is that there are two different types of deicers and salts that are used for both snow and ice. What ones should an interior be worried about? All of them, but the ones that contain Calcium Magnesium. This type of ice will start to eat away at the natural stone if left without being cleaned off for the duration of the winter season! 

How can a space make sure to properly maintain their natural stone flooring? 

  1. Place mats down to keep salt, snow and water off the flooring

  2. Sweep away any salt residue

  3. Mop up any salt residue

  4. Remove all snow and ice from entrance and exit ways

  5. Clean off those entrance mats and rugs

  6. Do not keep using mops or cleaning pads that have salt residue

  7. Call Firenze for the best advice! 

Yes, it really is that simple when it comes to maintaining your flooring during the winter months! 

Not sure what flooring option would be best in your space? Check out this blog that  explains the best flooring options dependent upon a space. 

If you are ready to start designing, contact Firenze International for a wide selection of durable natural stone! We have over a 100 years of experience and would love to help make your natural stone dreams come true!   

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